Peyton Siva didn’t much care for the NBA draft. Well, at least the parts with Kemba Walker.
The Louisville guard fared pretty well in three games against Walker’s UConn Huskies last season. The Cards won twice, Siva averaged 15.7 points and 6 assists a game – including a 19-point, 7-assist outing during the 79-78 Cardinals win on Jan. 29.
But the draft broadcast showed three Walker clips and each one seemingly had Walker smoking Siva.
“There were about three plays when he got me. They played them (on ESPN) when he got drafted. I was like, ‘OK, so those plays when he got me, they’re going to show those three after all the ones that we played against each other? OK, I have something to work on next year to not have that showing again,’” he told the Louisville Courier-Journal.
A motivated Siva’s a great thing for Louisville, too. He’ll already be the league’s quickest guard – he may have been last year as well, even with Walker around – and will undoubtedly be among its top players in 2012.
And for that, Walker deserves a little credit.
“Playing against Kemba Walker was actually a good thing for me,” Siva told the paper. “Playing against him, it made me realize I’m going to go out and play my best because you don’t want to get embarrassed.”
“He never took a play off. Even if you think you’re playing good, you can have one bad play. You can’t take plays off.”
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N.C. State, whose season has been something of a disaster to date, face a must-win game against Wake Forest in Raleigh on Saturday afternoon, and since nothing can be easy for Mark Gottfried’s club, they’ll have to find a way to win the game after their bus broke down en route to PNC Arena:
This is why you can’t have nice things, N.C. State.
The Atlantic 10 invades NBCSN and the NBC Sports app on Saturday with two games that will air as part of a doubleheader.
It starts with Fordham at UMass at 12:30 p.m. and concludes with Rhode Island heading to Duquesne at 2:30 p.m.
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During North Carolina’s blowout win over N.C. State on Jan. 8, the Tar Heels weren’t the only ones in the building who were feeling it.
As it turns out, North Carolina ball boy Asher Lucas was the hottest shooter of anyone in the building that night.
During halftime of that Jan. 8 game, Lucas nailed three consecutive halfcourt shots, as his father, Adam Lucas, a North Carolina columnist, released the video this week to YouTube. The video quickly went viral as Asher’s unreal streak of shots was all over TV and the Internet.
The Tar Heels have been struggling to find consistent perimeter shooting for the last few seasons, so maybe they need to start scouting Asher for a future roster spot.
Milwaukee picked up a Horizon League win on Friday night as guard Brock Stull knocked in a buzzer-beater to topple Cleveland State.
Stull only had four points on the night as he played 30 minutes and finished with five assists and six rebounds.
Oregon released a statement on Friday afternoon that said star forward Dillon Brooks had seen doctors and was in a walking boot, but gave no further update on his condition.
Brooks suffered what the program termed a “lower leg injury” on Thursday night against Cal. The injury was to his left leg – on replay, it looked like he rolled his ankle – which is concerning because his left foot is the foot that he injured over the summer, which caused him to miss the first three games of the season.
“He’ll be evaluated in the next couple of days and see where he’s at,” head coach Dana Altman said after Thursday’s game.